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Terrestrial Vegetation of the United States: Using government documents

Designed to provide information sources and search ideas for students in Plant Ecology, 21:120:370:01

Locating appropriate government publications

     Various government agencies are interested in terrestrial vegetation since the information contributes to the fulfillment of their goals. The USDA's Forestry Service analyzes land cover to assess the potential for fire. The Environmental Protection Agency is concerned about the environmental impact of hazardous substances particularly on watersheds and may use vegetation as an indicator of harm. The Department of Interior also tracks vegetation, particularly in the national parks.

U.S. Government Publications (Monthly Catalog)

Use this Web-based database to locate government publications distributed through the U. S. Superintendent of Document's Government Printing Office. Dana Library receives approximately 50% of these documents. Many recent publications are available in PDF format and the links to the documents are incorporated in this U.S. Government Publications bibliographic record. For help in locating documents in print format, please see a reference librarian.


U. S. Government Printing Office   

The Printing Office maintains a search interface for digital documents.  Options for a simple and a complex search query are available.  Help is available on the search screen. (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/)